Aikido Martial Arts in Temecula
Aikido is much more than a martial art. It’s a way to rise above struggle and conflict. In Aikido you learn to fuse your power with the opponent’s in order to bring them under control. Effortlessly. Elegantly. If you’re looking for non-violent martial arts in Temecula then Aikido is the perfect art for you. Aikido is everything a martial art should be and more.
Aikido is a way to refine the mind and body through the practice of proper movement, etiquette and respect for nature and life. It’s the power to create a world of harmony and compassion.
The techniques of Aikido have their roots in methods of the ancient samurai. However, Aikido techniques have been modified to control without causing injury. Aikido brings together the most effective elements of the Japanese martial arts in a single, integrated approach.
“In judo there are throws, karate involves kicking and punching and in iaido we cut with the sword. The essence of all the Japanese martial arts is contained in the movements of Aikido. The difference is that in Aikido there is no winner and there is no loser. This is how the world should look, this is what Aikido can teach people. Weak or strong has no meaning. Aikido is committed to the peaceful coexistence and prosperity of all.” ~Shoji Nishio, Shihan
Aikido Foundations Course (Beginners)
The Aikido Foundations Course is a series of three classes that introduces beginning prospective students to Aikido practice. Classes for adults and mature teens (minimum age 14).
New to Aikido? Get started with the Aikido Foundations Course.
I began practicing Aikido with Greenwood Sensei in my mid-40’s with minimal martial arts experience as a retired Navy Sailor who has experienced many things in life. I have to say that learning Aikido in the tradition of Nishio has been one of the most profound experiences of my life. Young, old, man or women this is the path to enlightenment.Mike Texidor, US Navy, Retired
Each week for the past 4 years I drive 1 1/2 hours each way to train with Greenwood Sensei and it’s well worth it. The dojo is a safe haven where I learn to turn the ideas of peaceful negotiation and acceptance into reality, not only physically, but in my everyday life and work.Carre St. Andre, US Army, Veteran
Aikido is everything a martial art should be: engaging physically, mentally, and creatively. Greenwood Sensei teaches in a way that is captivating to those new to the art, and to those who have been walking the path. The Nishio way of Aikido is extremely effective as a martial art and holds true to the philosophies set forth by Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido. Greenwood Sensei’s communication of this method is top notch, to say the least.Gary Lehman, US Marine Corps
Philip Greenwood has trained in Aikido for 40 years. He began at the Pasadena Aikikai which was founded by Tadaharu Wakabayashi. Wakabayashi Sensei trained under Kisshomaru Ueshiba, Seigo Yamaguchi and Hiroshi Tada at Aikikai Hombu (Aikido Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan). Pasadena Aikikai hosted many top instructors in the Aikido world including both the son and grandson of the Aikido Founder, Kisshomaru Ueshiba and Moriteru Ueshiba (current head of the Aikido World Headquarters). Other instructors included Mitsunari Kanai, Yoshimitsu Yamada, Kazuo Chiba and many others. At the time the dojo was under the direction of Gene Anderson and Francis Takahashi. Greenwood Sensei was an instructor at Pasadena Aikikai Dojo throughout most of the 1980’s until moving to Temecula in 1990 and opening his own school. At this time he began training extensively with Mitsugi Saotome and Hiroshi Ikeda.
Greenwood Sensei was also a student of Okinawan Kempo under the late Robert Bryner Sensei. Bryner Sensei was highly ranked in both Ryū-te under Seiyu Oyata and in Aikido under Shoji Nishio Shihan. In 2000, inspired by both Bryner and Nishio, Greenwood Sensei became a dedicated student of Nishio and, after his passing, his successor Koji Yoshida Shihan. Greenwood Sensei was appointed as President of Nishikaze Aikido Society of America by Koji Yoshida Shihan. Greenwood Sensei is also a Chiropractic Doctor practicing for over 25 years in Temecula.
Heather Greenwood began training in Aikido in 2000. She has home schooled her two daughters in the classical education model of learning for over seven years. Other areas of interest include woodblock art, photography, ikebana (flower arranging), cooking, gardening and painting. Heather is a black belt in both Aikido and iaido and always brings great passion and a warm and happy spirit to the dojo! Visit Heather’s personal BLOG at http://heathergreenwood.wordpress.com/.
What Is Aikido?
Aikido is pronounce ah-ee • kee • doh with equal emphasis on each syllable. It is formed from three Japanese characters (kanji) 合気道. 合 (ai) means to fit, merge or join, 気 (ki) means mind, energy, feeling and 道 (dō) refers to a way of life or a philosophical practice. Together these characters are often translated as “The Way of Harmonious Spirit” or simply “The Way of Harmony.”
If you are looking for a non-violent martials art in Temecula then Aikido is the perfect art for you.